Kirknewton Coronavirus Update for 2nd November


A new five-level system of coronavirus restrictions is set to come into effect in Scotland on Monday 2 November.

It will replace the measures which have been in place since 9 October, under which people living in the central belt have been experiencing tighter restrictions than the rest of the country.

No part of Scotland will be in the highest level, but that central belt area – along with Dundee – will be in level three of the new system. This week West Lothian has also been announced it is in Level 3

Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Angus, Argyll & Bute, Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, Fife and Perth & Kinross will be in level two, with Highland, Moray, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles in level one.

What are the rules for pubs and restaurants?

A maximum of six people from two households can meet together in hospitality venues, either indoors or outdoors.

Customers have to provide their contact details in case contact tracers need to reach them, and must wear face coverings while moving around and when not eating or drinking.

It is mandatory for staff to wear face coverings, and there can only be table service.

In level one, the only additional restriction is that hospitality premises have to close at 22:30.

In level two, pubs and restaurants can only serve alcohol with a main meal. They must close indoors at 20:00 and outdoors at 22:30.

In level three, premises will be allowed to open – but no alcohol can be sold, and they must close at 18:00.

What are the rules on travel?

People living under level three rules should not travel outside their own local authority area for anything other than “essential” reasons.

This can include work, education, outdoor exercise, healthcare or caring responsibilities, and essential shopping.

Those in level one or two areas are also being told not to travel into a level three area, except for essential purposes.

People are also being asked not to travel between Scotland and other parts of the UK with high levels of the virus “unless they really need to do so”.

The Scottish government advises against non-essential foreign travel, and people arriving from certain countries must spend two weeks in quarantine.

Can I visit my friends and family at home?

People have been banned from visiting other households indoors since 25 September, when restrictions in the west of Scotland were extended to the rest of the country.

That restriction will continue to apply across Scotland under the new system. However, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was hopeful it could be lifted for level one areas when a review is carried out on 10 November.

There are exemptions in place for those who have formed extended households, to support informal childcare arrangements (such as grandparents coming round to care for grandchildren) and for couples who don’t live together.

There is also an exception allowing tradespeople to enter your home to carry out work.

The government has not yet announced if there will be any changes to the rules for young people.

At present, children under the age of 12 are exempt from the limits on the number of people who can gather outdoors, and on the number of households.

Those aged between 12 and 17 are allowed to meet outside in groups of up to six from six different households, but should observe physical distancing.

Police have powers to break up groups of more than 15 people meeting in houses and to stop parties in student accommodation.

Which rules will apply across Scotland?

Shops have previously been asked to reintroduce two metre physical distancing rules and reintroduce some measures which had been taken earlier in the pandemic, such as one-way systems in supermarkets.

The use of face coverings is now mandatory in indoor communal settings, such as staff canteens and corridors in workplaces.

Face coverings are also compulsory in shops and on buses, trains, trams, planes and taxis.

People are also being advised not to share a vehicle with another household. Where you have no other option, the advice is to keep windows open, wear a face covering and sit as far apart as possible.

Some of the new rules are similar across levels one, two and three.

Places of worship can open with restricted numbers (50 people), and there is a 20-person limit for weddings and civil partnerships, and for funerals, wakes and receptions.

Schools will remain open, but colleges and universities must use blended learning. Driving lessons can also take place.

What else happens in level three?

Shops, visitor attractions, libraries, hairdressers, barbers and beauticians can remain open.

However, soft play, funfairs, snooker and pool halls, indoor bowling alleys, casinos and bingo halls will remain closed and outdoor live events are banned.

Contact sports and training for those aged 18 and over have also been suspended, although professional sports can continue.

Gyms can remain open for individual exercise but indoor group exercise activities are not allowed – with an exemption for under-18s.

What else is different in level two?

Cinemas, bingo halls and amusement arcades are allowed to remain open.

While stadia will be closed to spectators, drive-in events are permitted.

All sport is allowed, except indoor contact sport for over-18s.

What else is different in level one?

Soft play, funfairs, snooker and pool halls, indoor bowling alleys, casinos, music venues and theatres are able to reopen – but nightclubs must remain closed except for permitted events.

Stadia can reopen with restricted numbers, seated outdoor events can take place, and small seated indoor events are allowed.

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